Boston Red Sox Look to Even Series Against Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Boston Red Sox let a golden opportunity slip through their hands on Friday night when they lost a one-run ball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cody Ross‘ go-ahead home run in the seventh inning led the Diamondbacks to victory. To go along with the clutch home run, Ross also piled up four hits and three RBIs. His efforts carried Arizona despite an off night from starting pitcher Randall Delgado.

As of today, the Red Sox are just one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East division race, but they do maintain the best record in the American League with a 66-45 record. With a tight division race, every game becomes ever so important, one hit or one pitch could change whether you make the postseason or not. The divisional foe Rays will be in action against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at Tropicana Field. But on the Red Sox side of things, they will get another chance to take town the Diamondbacks tonight, and it isn’t any ordinary game.

What makes tonight’s game more meaningful and special? It is Jake Peavy‘s debut with his new team. It shouldn’t be too big of a change for Peavy, as he is only changing the color of his socks.

This season, Peavy has an 8-4 record with a 4.28 ERA. Those are good enough numbers, but as we have seen throughout his career, he is capable of much more. His first start will not be an easy one, as he is going up against Cy Young candidate Patrick Corbin. Just in case you don’t know much about Corbin, this year he has been fantastic for Arizona, as he has a 12-2 record with a stellar 2.24 ERA.

It will be a great moment in Fenway Park tonight with the debut of Peavy, but it won’t be a debut to remember for him. I believe Corbin will have yet another dominant start, and the Diamondbacks will rough up Peavy, as they will go on to win their second-straight game against Boston.

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